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Distilling Inspired by Nature

E600CA23-A5CF-4F30-BC0F-7E8B830451E0@2x Jun 03 · 3 min read

Inspired by Nature’s Perfection

Our idyllic surroundings and nature’s perfection are a constant source of inspiration for our whisky.  That is why, when designing our new Distillery, we put nature at the heart of our processes to ensure that the creation of our precious single malt whisky will endure for generations to come.

The Macallan Distillery Roof

Under our Rolling Green Roofscape

Our Distillery blends effortlessly into the ancient hills of our Speyside home with one of Europe’s largest green roofs at just over 12,000m2.  

Designed by internationally acclaimed architects, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, our rolling green roofscape is cut into the natural slopes of the land. The roof was built using PEFC certified timber and then covered with a mix of native species of grasses and herbs; these plants on the roof provide a sustainable food and nesting environment for birds and insects.


Truly Sustainable Distillation, by Design

The natural aesthetic of our Distillery design belies the mix of traditional craftsmanship and state-of-the-art engineering that resides within. We seek to create a truly sustainable distillation process which produces unparalleled single malt whisky without disturbing the balance of life around us.

The Distillery achieves significant energy efficiency from our operations and integrated decarbonisation benefits from our intelligent heat recovery system and inbuilt steam and process control system.

At present, over 80% of our energy derives from renewable and non-fossil fuel sources and it is with a single-minded, uncompromising focus that we strive to achieve our ambitious target of being entirely carbon neutral by 2030, a decade ahead of the Scotch Whisky Association’s industry target.

Sourcing Water from the Majestic River Spey

Fusing traditional craftsmanship and state-of-the-art engineering, our home allows us to achieve exceptional water and energy efficiency rates and receive a rating of ‘Excellent’ from SEPA for our water management systems.  

The water we use to cool the stills during the distillation process is sourced directly from the majestic River Spey, an area designated at the highest level as a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and a Site of Specific Scientific Interest (SSSI). This cooling water used in our distillation is returned in full, with the exception of only a small amount of evaporation, via our own Biological Water Treatment system.

As such, there is no single element of our operation that we take more seriously than our commitment to exceptional water quality, efficiency and management. Water used to distil our new make spirit is sourced from natural spring water boreholes on the banks of The Spey. This water not only brings something special to our whisky, it also brings life to our Estate – so we’re careful to only use what we need.  

All of our water operations are strictly licensed by SEPA and we are committed to maintaining the current ‘Excellent’ rating, which we hold via their Compliance Assessment Scheme. 


Accountable to the Highest Independent Standards

For over 20 years our Distillery operations have been accredited with ISO14001 Environmental Management certification, the most rigorous and globally recognised certification for environmental management. Through this independent assessment framework, we consider all environmental aspects and everything that we interact with, from water use to waste generation, energy consumption, land and habitat management.  

In 2020, we were awarded the Positive Luxury Butterfly Mark accreditation, certifying luxury brands that demonstrate a positive social and environmental impact. For consumers, these are affirmations of brands and organisations that can be trusted to share their values.

The Macallan Distillery

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